Trauma SupportHow We Treat Trauma

All our providers use a trauma informed approach to therapy and processing trauma. Trauma can result from a variety of experiences including:

  • a specific life-threatening incident,
  • abuse or neglect,
  • a significant loss, or
  • any experience that undermines our sense of safety, or sense of control or choice, or our self-worth.

We also have therapists specifically trained to use ART and EMDR in their trauma treatment.

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) is a type of trauma treatment that uses eye movements to process distressing and traumatic events. It takes the negative image(s) associated with the event and replaces them to store them differently in the brain. The goal is that the negative imagine(s) does not trigger the strong emotional or physical responses now or in the future. It is an evidence base treatment that can resolve symptoms in 1-5 sessions. Kelsey Dressel, MSW, LICSW uses ART to help children, teens and adults process trauma, overcome fear, and build resilience.
To learn more about ART, please visit

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is also a type of therapy that uses eye movement or other forms of bi-lateral stimulation (e.g., side to side) to process memories that are distressing and interfering with:

  • day-to-day life,
  • relationships,
  • or are connected to specific fears and phobias.

Desensitization means that although we remember the experience or event, the memory no longer causes us to feel distressed in the present. Reprocessing is about building a resilient mindset around the traumatic memory so that we can respond in a healthy way to future triggers we may encounter. Drs. Eva Reed and Gretchen Lewis-Snyder use EMDR to help children, teens, and adults to process troubling memories and build resilience.

To learn more about EMDR, please visit What is EMDR? - EMDR Institute - EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION AND REPROCESSING THERAPY.